Pet Peeves Part III

By Brian HewittOctober 31, 2008, 4:00 pm
Back by public demand are more pet peeves. The volume of the response from The Comebackers golf community has been overwhelming. There is a lot on your minds. And its a good time of year for you to get whats on your mind off your chest (he said, mixing anatomical metaphors).
Without further ado, Pet Peeves III:
Emilio writes:: I understand how well Sergio (Garcia) has played this year, but for him to jump over Padraig Harrington to No. 3 after Padraig won back-to-back majors and three out of the last six majors ...The world ranking system needs to be looked into. I can see a case for Sergio and Vijay (Singh) to bounce around the world rankings, but is difficult to even see Vijay ahead of Padraig. I'm curious of what you think about the world rankings. Are they just numbers with no substance or are they worth talking about?
The Comebacker
The numbers are worth talking about. And like the BCS, there will almost always be a party that rightfully feels wronged. No system is perfect. But the Official World Golf Ranking could, at least, come up with a Web site that makes it results a little more accessible a little more quickly and a little more comprehensible. And thats just for starters.

Brooke writes:: The disgusting spitting on the green and the sucko ball retriever thingy on the end of the putter are definitely annoying. Let's add the jerks who dig the ball out of the hole with their putter (again, too lazy to bend over) and trash the edges of the cup. Also, a pox on the dimwits who tomahawk the green with their putters when they miss a putt. Let's hope Matt Garza of the Rays never takes up golf ' his pre-shot spitting routine would make the course unplayable!
The Comebacker
Theres no crying in baseball and there should be no spitting in golf.

Peter writes:: Pet Peeves ' when Johnny Miller refers to a shot as easy. I think the word he's looking for is straightforward. Golf is not an easy game. It's a difficult game. Also, when a commentator says a player is within two strokes of the lead when they're actually two strokes off the lead. To be within two strokes, they'd need to be one stroke off the lead. Small things, but peevish nonetheless.
The Comebacker
Reasonable points. One of my pet peeves, though, is anybody who thinks being on the hot side of the camera, attached to a live mike, during a golf telecast is easy.

John writes:: My pet peeve is people who talk for a living (such as sports announcers) being unable to speak proper English. The worst examples are: ' a/an: the use of an seems to be disappearing ' He hit a 8-iron. Good/well: I am a good player, and I played well, NOT I played good. Pronunciation of the: pronounced thuh all the time instead of thuh club, but thee 8-iron. The rule is: thee when followed by a vowel sound, thuh when followed by a consonant sound. The death of the adverb: many of you drop the ly from adverbs, e.g., He played fantastic. It should be He played fantastically. or He played fantastic golf. Even the ones who know well from good say, He played real well, instead of He played really well. There are other offenders, but these are the most grating. You, Johnny Miller, Renton Laidlaw, Warren Humphreys and Nick Faldo are pretty good. Most of the others are not Scottish as in: If it's not Scottish, it's crap!'
The Comebacker
The Comebacker will refuse to believe the adverb is dead until The New York Times tells him it is.

Bill writes:: Sorry if this has already been addressed but my pet peeve is going to the course driving range for a much needed practice session that I had to work into my limited schedule, trying to concentrate on my swing in an attempt to improve it and be barraged by self-important members that feel they have to multi-task and hit practice balls while they talk on the cell phone. I am sure you will think me too sensitive but I haven't learned how to stop my swing like Tiger or continue through undisturbed when one of these captains of industry increases the volume of their conversation just as I start the downswing on an attempt that I spent a lot of time preparing to make. I must be from the wrong generation but I grew up where you were more reverent on the golf course than you were at church.
The Comebacker
Bill is The Comebackers hero-of-the-week. And Amen.

Bill writes:: Drives me nuts when I hear an announcer say Phil just hit his patented flop shot or Tiger hit his patented stinger. If it were patented, then other players would have to pay a royalty not be able to use the shot because they aren't the patent holder. Makes no sense if you have a clue what a patent is.
The Comebacker
It is patently obvious that Bill is a little oversensitive on this one. And, hey, quit picking on announcers.

George writes:: I am happy to share my biggest pet peeve with you. It is the use of the word at ending a sentence. This happens quite often with the Tour announcers who should certainly know better. I have never seen a sentence that was not complete without the word at stuck on the end. I have found that all sports announcers and their guests on the TV programs are really bad about using quite a bit of incorrect grammar, but the golf announcers are well educated and should know better. Please share this information with all of them. David Feherty wrote a really good article in the October Golf Magazine about the redundancy he has found among the golf announcers. All of them should read it and make an effort to improve.
The Comebacker
I will gladly read the Feherty piece if you can tell me where its at.

Matt writes:: I have to complain about all of the complaining. (Redundancy has its own reward). I want to defend your colleagues in the broadcast booth. Sure they may overuse some of the following terms but I must insist that said terms do have merit. I'm tired of all of the whining about terms and those with the apparent inability to understand them. First, I have to address that the imagination of some players is superior to others. Have you ever seen Phil's backward flop shot from a severe downhill lie? Where do you think he came up with that one, in his pancreas? No, he used his superior thought processes to reason that it could be done and wealth of skill to create a method. Sounds imaginative to me. Makeable putts are putts you can hole reasonably often with little-to-mild difficulty. The alternative is a lag putt. Lag putts are used when the odds are that it won't go in. Finally, unforced error ... a bonehead risk taken for no good reason. Sergio hits his tee shot to 6 feet in a playoff. Goydos dunks his tee shot trying to match it. That is a forced error. If Sergio is in the center of the green and Goydos goes for the pin and rinses it then that is an unforced error. I think that people need to stop complaining and start searching for the deeper meaning. If that meaning can't be found, then by all means attack away.
The Comebacker
Thanks, Matt, for comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comforted. And Goydos hit before Garcia.

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McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days of engaging in pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

“I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.